Pizza oven pittas are quick to make & can be cooked in less than a minute. Serve with a homemade hummus & your onto a winner.
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These pittas are a lot of fun to make! Using a pizza oven, cooks them insanely quickly and you get to watch as they puff up like a balloon…
How To Serve Pitta Breads
When I was making them for this recipe, I whipped up a batch of hummus to go with them. Warm, freshly baked pittas with hummus is one of my favourite ways to serve them!
That’s not the only way to serve them. In fact, pitta (or pita) breads can be served with a many number of things. Cut them open & eat like a sandwich, serve as part of a mezze platter or they can even be cut into wedges & baked in the oven to make crisps…
Making The Dough
Making pitta bread is actually pretty easy. Here’s the process.
- Activate the yeast in warm water & leave to go frothy.
- Mix flour, salt, sugar, oil & activated yeast mixture in a stand mixer.
- Knead until the dough passes the windowpane test.
- Leave to rise at room temperature until double in size.
- Divide the dough into pieces & shape into balls.
- Bench rest for 10 minutes.
- Roll & cook the pittas one at a time using a pizza oven.
Cooking The Pittas
For this recipe, we’re using a pizza oven to cook the pitta breads. The oven that I use is a Gozney roccbox but any pizza oven can be used or even your oven. We’re cooking the bread at a super high heat (350°c – 400°c) so they only need to be cooked for a minute in total.
When you place a pitta bread into the pizza oven, it’s important not to touch it until it has puffed up. At this point we turn the pitta around & cook until golden brown.
If you’re using a regular oven to cook the pittas, preheat it to it’s maximum temperature with a large baking tray or pizza stone. They might take a minute extra to cook.
The Windowpane Test
We use the windowpane method to assess how the gluten is developing in bread dough. To do this, take a small amount of dough & stretch it between your fingers. If it stretches thin enough to see through, it’s ready. If it tears, it needs to be kneaded for longer.
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Pizza Oven Pittas
- Pizza Oven I use a Gozney Roccbox
- Stand Mixer
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Rolling Pin
- Large Baking Tray
- 300 g Strong White Bread Flour
- 195 g Water
- 6 g Dried Active Yeast
- 6 g Maldon Salt
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- ½ tsp Caster Sugar
- First, place the water into a jug & heat to 38°c in a microwave (alternatively, you could warm the water in a pan then transfer to a jug) then sprinkle over the yeast & whisk to combine. Leave to go bubbly, 5-10 minutes.
- Next, in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attached, place the flour, salt, sugar & oil. Give the activated yeast another whisk then add into the flour. Mix on a medium speed until you have a smooth dough that passes the windowpane test, around 5 minutes.
- Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover & leave to double in size, roughly 1 hour.
- Heat a pizza oven to 350°c – 400°c.
- Once risen, transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface & portion into 5 equal pieces, each piece should weigh around 100g.Roll each piece into a ball, place onto a floured tray then cover with a tea towel & leave to rest for 10 minutes.
- Now to cook. Place a ball of dough onto a lightly floured surface & use a rolling pin to roll out into an oval, roughly 20cm long & 5mm thick.Using a peel, transfer the rolled out pitta into the preheated pizza oven*If you are using a Roccbox, turn the flame down to medium (halfway between the highest setting & the lowest).
- Allow the pitta to cook untouched until it puffs up (this will take around 30 seconds) then turn 180° & cook for around another 30 seconds. Remove from the oven & place inside a tea towel to keep soft.Repeat with the remaining pittas, rolling out & cooking them one at a time.
If cooking in a home oven, the best way is to set your oven to its’ highest temperature, preheat with a baking stone or large baking tray placed in the centre of the oven & then cook the pittas in batches (you’ll need to allow an extra minute or two of cook time). It’s important to allow enough time for the stone in your pizza oven to heat up fully.
I recommend preheating your oven 45 minutes – 1 hour before cooking. These pittas are made with dried, active yeast which needs activating in warm liquid before being used.
Try to get the water as close to 38°c as possible for the best results. To stop the dough drying out once rolled, it’s important to cook them straight away.